Thursday, March 22, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

The many faces of Nephew #1

My sister called me up the other day and asked if I could pick up this little guy from school for her. Such a treat! It hasn't been just #1 and I in a while. He is such a goofball and constantly puts a smile on this gals face. Here is how we spent our afternoon together!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Confessions of a blog abandoner...

#1 I ask your forgiveness for being such a loser lately.
#2 I'm doing a lot more behind the scenes stuff.  
#3 You guys are still the coolest people ever.
#4 I am up to my eyeballs in photos to edit! 
#5 May is going to be insane!!!

I realized today that even though I know how busy I am with photography, you guys may not. As far as you know I could have given up on it and walked away forever...not gonna happen!
Truth is I have been taking a lot of photos at my "other" job. I just so happen to work in a preschool during the week. That job has been keeping me pretty busy. I would love to share the snapshots with you but I've decided to keep those photos private for the families and the children. I've also been shooting my nephews soccer games for his team and the families involved there. Between those two I have been editing like crazy! 
I'm also involved in a photography club that takes up some of my time as well. Now that Spring is just around the corner, portrait sessions will definitely be picking up. So far, I have 4 booked in the next month, a bridal session, and 3 (possibly 4) weddings coming up in May! I'm also updating my website, which will be launched by the end of the month! Yay!
I am so looking forward to what God has in store for me and this little business of mine! Thank you all so so much for your amazing patience and understanding! Love you all loads! *smile*

Here's a little sneak peek!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Behind the "Photographer"

In an age where photography is easily accessible to almost anyone willing to plunk down some change for a camera, true photographers are sometimes hard to spot.
I love using Google as a tool to admire other artists work and oftentimes find myself inspired by some truly beautiful images.
Other times, I find myself overwhelmed at just how many photographers are out there! We are ALL over the place!
I began this journey close to 7 years ago when I purchased my first digital camera. A camera that I could call my own and use whenever I felt like it. I always was the "photographer" in the family. But I didn't begin to take it seriously until I had that first digital camera in my hands. There was SO much to learn and SO much information that I didn't know how to access. I'm a girl from a small southern town in North Carolina. I knew nothing about the internet and how resourceful it is. I wish that I had known that there was a whole world of experienced professionals out there willing to share their knowledge and advice. 
This coming from the girl who grew up with an Aunt in the same profession!! She was amazing and was so incredibly helpful and encouraging. But there are just some things that she couldn't help me with being so far away.
One big piece of advice she shared with me was "You can tell the difference between a professional and a hobbyist. The ones with a true passion and those without. A photographer never leaves their camera behind". So with that I am going to share some tips that helped me out, just in case there is another small town southern girl who is completely lost and doesn't know where to begin. 

1) Working on what my Aunt shared with me. Take your camera with you everywhere you go! It may be hard to believe but you might just learn something by shooting off a few frames at the supermarket! Practice is the only way you will ever grow!

2) Get out of Auto Mode. You should control your camera! It shouldn't control you! That is the best thing I ever did for myself as a photographer! 

3) Don't rely on your cameras kit lens! It is incredibly limiting. If you are anything like me you were/are strapped for cash and couldn't afford another lens right away. That's OK! I'm not talking purchasing lenses straight out of the gate. But if you have had that new camera for a few years and haven't purchased additional glass you aren't doing yourself any favors by limiting yourself! *smile*

4) Research! There is a whole world (the world wide web that is) that has sooo much available for you to learn!! It is truly amazing to experience the photography community and I suggest you come to the dark side immediately!! One of my favorite sites that has gotten me through so many "I have no idea what I am doing" moments is They have so many resources for both amateur and professional photographers! Check them out!

5) Read your cameras manual! Learning how to utilize your cameras functions to their full potential will help you in more ways than you know! 

6)  Determine who you want to be as a photographer. What do you enjoy shooting most? What are you superb at? Don't try to be 100 things at once. Create a specialty for yourself! *smile*

7) Network! Believe it or not, marketing is the single most important piece to the puzzle. You could be the best photographer in the world but it will mean nothing if no one else but you knows that! 

8) Even the best of the best are still learning! Photography is ever evolving, which is what makes it so amazing! Don't get discouraged!
(I still struggle with this one myself)

9) Challenge yourself! Don't be afraid to experiment!

10) Never let yourself grow an ego. This (I believe) can be incredibly damaging to a photographer. 

I will share more with you later this week! I so hope that you find this information helpful! Best of wishes to all of you beginners and to all of you who have already been on this incredible journey for a while like me *smile*.